Gifted & Talented

Gifted and Talented Program Overview

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Gifted students are students who perform at or show the potential for performing at a remarkably high level of accomplishment when compared to others of the same age, experience, or environment and who:

  • exhibit high performance capability in an intellectual, creative, or artistic area;
  • possess an unusual capacity for leadership; or
  • excel in a specific academic field. (Texas Education Code §29.121)
  • Identification
  • One annual window for GT referrals for screening and assessment.
  • Students identified as GT transferring from other districts may be entered into the Southwest ISD program with proof of assessment and participation in the former district’s GT program.
  • Program Services
  • Students K – 12 receive differentiated services in their core content classrooms with teachers who have completed 30 hours of GT Foundations Training and who complete a yearly 6 hour update for continuous learning in the area of serving gifted students.
  • Students K – 12 participate in the Project Based Learning model and complete a Texas Performance Standards Project designed to engage and challenge them while helping them develop critical thinking and other learning skills.
  • Students 9 – 12 are strongly urged to take one or more Advanced Academics classes designed to challenge them in their area(s) of identified strength.